BIOIDENT unveils lab-on-a-chip prototype with integrated optical readout
7 December 2006
Menlo park, Calif. USA. BIOIDENT Technologies Inc., a
subsidiary of Austrian-based NANOIDENT Technologies AG, has unveiled a
lab-on-a-chip prototype with a fully integrated opto-electronic readout
The PhotonicLab platform is a cost-effective disposable
lab-on-a-chip system that eliminates the need for expensive, bulky readout
systems and provides immediate test results with significant cost savings.
The prototype consists of a 1" x 3" nanotiter plate — a type of
lab-on-a-chip device with multiple wells that can hold testing agents to
perform laboratory functions. The nanotiter plate includes a fully
integrated photodetector array based on printed semiconductor technology
with a single pixel under each well. This array converts light into
electrical signals, enabling analysis on multiple agents simultaneously and
The BIOIDENT nanotiter plate
There is also no longer
a need for high precision translational stages which are common among
microplate and biochip readers. By placing the detector directly beneath the
sample, the relative motion of the sample and detector are unnecessary.
BIOIDENT’s printing process can be used on other lab-on-a-chip systems,
including microfluidics, opening up new opportunities and applications for
real-time analysis of chemical and biological substances.
prototype, BIOIDENT takes a significant leap forward in the industry to make
the vision of lab-on-a-chip systems a reality,” said Dr. Wasiq Bokhari, CEO
for BIOIDENT Technologies. “Working with our partners, we look forward to
delivering breakthrough point of use tests for water and food analysis,
chemical and biological agent detection and in-vitro diagnostics.”
BIOIDENT is able to deliver this revolutionary prototype by leveraging its
own PhotonicLab Platform, which uses organic semiconductor based technology
to print light emitting and detecting capabilities directly on to any
surface, including glass, enabling on-chip analysis and diagnostics. In
addition, the company uses established testing protocols to deliver
real-time and in-situ multi-parameter detection capabilities for all
categories of chemical and biological analytes.
The nanotiter plate for the prototype was provided by Microfluidic
ChipShop GmbH in Jena, Germany.